Well, that’s it. 12 months, 12 EPs. Some really good stuff, some stuff we’re really proud of. We got to release an album on an actual physical release that will be in Spillers Records in Cardiff tomorrow morning (it’s the oldest record shop in the world, don’t you know!). We experimented a lot and we learned a lot.
We recorded and released some absolutely batshit crazy stuff, and some vaguely conventional stuff; the craziest of which I think is Tal Véz on October’s EP. A German children’s choir singing along to an out of tune piano in a hostel in Venice, interspersed with me talking in Spanish about the indeterminacy and temporariness of life.
We’ve discovered it’s just about possible to be in a band with someone when you live 200 miles apart, and we’ve also discovered that the lines between EP, album and demo are, in this day and age, essentially a question of post production - we learned to master our own stuff, which made a big difference in the quality.
We’ve been reminded that some people are ace and tell you that they think your stuff is ace. We’ve also had some people try and pirate our stuff (boo!), which was odd seeing as we were giving it away merely in return for an email address so we could tell them about more stuff, which was again odd. But this is the world we live in, and we’re not going to let it get us down when people try and share our stuff in a lame way.
We also realised print media is still relevant! We had a ton of people find us after Buzz Magazine in South Wales wrote a thing about us, which was fun.
So what next? If you follow us on twitter, you’ll know we’re going to record a Christmas thing, and take a little time out to work on some other musical projects (Josh does a Europop thing called Tour de Josh), as well as do and record some live stuff, which we’ll be releasing in the new year at some point, then probably release another compilation of the 2nd half of EP releases, maybe an album, maybe on cassette again, we’ll have to see. It’s all exciting, isn’t it?
Lots of love,
Josh and Sam.